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21.01 1761

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BY THE REV. EDWARD POLEHAMPTON,

FELLOW OF KING'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE ;
Assisted by Distinguished Writers in the various Departments of the Work.

ILLUSTRATED WITH ONE HUNDRED PLATES,
FROM New Designs, DESCRIPTIVE OF THE WONDERS OF NATURE AND ART.

BENEATH KIM, WITH NEW WONDER, NOW AL VIEWS,
IN NARROW ROOM, NATURE'S WHOLE 'WEALTH.

MILTON.

Chap

Page

v. Violent Showers of Rain in different places

155

vi. Storm of Salt Rain

157

vii. Volcanic Showers, or Rain

161

1. General Remarks

ib.

2. Showers of Ashes in the Archipelago

ib,

3. Shower of Dust that fell on a Ship near Iceland ib.

4. New kind of Rain

162

5. Surprising Shoal of Pumice-Stones found floating

on the Sea

165

vii. Shower of Fishes

166

ix. On the Nature of Snow

ib.

1. Configuration of its Crystals

ib.

2. Mode of its Formation

170

x. Snow of a Red Colour

172

1. Descent of Red Snow at Genoa

ib.

2.

in the Alps

173

xi. Avalanches, or falling Masses of detached and in-

cumbent Snow-heaps, from the Summits of lofty

Mountains

175

xii. General Nature of Hail

181

xiii. Violent Hail-Storms, accompanied with Stones of

unusual size

182

XL. On Winds, or Atmospherical Currents

185

Sect. i. General Remarks on the Nature and Origin of Winds,

Trade. Winds, Monsoons, Partial Winds, and Hur.
ricanes

ib.

ii. Methodical Arrangement, Intensity, and Velocity

of Winds

205

jii. Perennial, or Trade. Winds

207

iv. Periodical Winds

211

1. Tropical Sea. Winds, or Monsoons

ib.

2. Etesian Wind

217

3. Tropical Land Wind

219

4. Khumseen

222

5. Sirocco

223

6. Long-Shore Wind

224

7, Land and Sea Breezes

225

8. Harmattan

226

r. Topical or Toral Winds

232

1. Samiel, or Samyel

ib.

2. Simoom

3. Mistral, or Circius, and Autun

234

vi. Occasional Winds; as Hurricanes, Tempests, Tor.
nados, and Whirlwinds

235

1. Hurricanes of the West Indies

ib.

2. Hurricanes of the Indian Coast

238

3. Hurricane in Huntingdonshire, Sept. 8, 1741 244

4. Tempest at Wigton, Cumberland

246

5. General Remarks on Tornados, or Whirlwinds 248

6. Dreadful Whirlwind at Cambridge, New England 249

7. Whirlwind at Corne Abbas, Dorsetshire

251

Chap.

Page

8. Account of two considerable Hurricanes in

Northamptonshire

252

9. Fiery Whirlwind in Norfolk

253

10. Whirlwinds of Sand

ib.

XLI. On the Prester, or Water-Spout

256

Sect. i. General Remarks

ii. Genuine Presters, or Water-Spouts

262

1. Observed in the Mediterranean

ib.

9. In the Moors of Lancashire

265

3. Near the Lipari Islands

266

iï. Mimic Water-Spouts

267

1. At Hatfield, Yorkshire

ib.

2. Another at same place

268

3. In Lincolnshire

269

XLII. General Nature and Properties of the Electric

Fluid

270

Sect. i. Its relation to common Matter

ii. Communication and Velocity of Electricity

275

iii. Atinospherical Electricity

297

XLIII. Electricity of Thunder and Lightning

300

Sect. i. General History of this Interesting Discovery

ii. Invention and Curious Properties of the Electrical

Kite

305

iii. Means of preventing Mischief from Lightning 308

iv. Thunder-Storms remarkable for their Violence or

Effects

312

v. Death of Professor Richman by Lightning

353

XLIV. On Magnetism

362

Sect. i. General Remarks on the Theory of Magnetism

ib.

ii. On the Cause of the Change in the Magnetic Needle 377

iii. Magnetic Experiments

387

XLV. Aurora Borealis and Australis

393

ib.

Sect. i. General History and Remarks

1716

ji. Surprising Lights in the Air, March 6,

400

iii. Lumen Boreale, or Streaming

414

iv. Remarkable Red Lights seen in various places in

the Air, Dec. 16, 1737

416

V. Account of Luminous Arches

421

XLVI. Blazing Balls and Burning Stones

495

Sect, i. General Remarks

ib.

ii. Various Extraordinary Meteors, or Lights, in the

Sky

427

iü. Blazing Meteor seen all over England, March 19,

1719

432

iv. Meteor of a Flaming Sword seen in Yorkshire, and

elsewhere

441

v. Luminous Meteor at Peckham

442

vi. Various Fiery Meteors, with Observations

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Chap,

v. Violent Showers of Rain in different places

155

vi. Storm of Salt Rain

157

vii. Volcanic Showers, or Rain

161

1. General Remarks

ib.

2. Showers of Ashes in the Archipelago

ib.

3. Shower of Dust that fell on a Ship near Iceland ib.

4. New kind of Rain

162

5. Surprising Shoal of Pumice Stones found floating

on the Sea

165

vii. Shower of Fishes

166

ix. On the Nature of Snow

ib.

1. Configuration of its Crystals

ib.

2. Mode of its Formation

170

x. Snow of a Red Colour

172

1. Descent of Red Snow at Genoa

ib.

2.
in the Alps

173

xi. Avalanches, or falling Masses of detached and in.

cumbent Snow.heaps, from the Summits of lofty

Mountains

175

xii. General Nature of Hail

181

xiii. Violent Hail-Storms, accompanied with Stones of

unusual size

182

XL. On Winds, or Atmospherical Currents

185

Sect. i. General Remarks on the Nature and Origin of Winds,

Trade. Winds, Monsoons, Partial Winds, and Hur.

ricanes

ib.

ii. Methodical Arrangement, Intensity, and Velocity

of Winds

205

ii. Perennial, or Trade-Winds

207

iv. Periodical Winds

211

1. Tropical Sea. Winds, or Monsoons

ib,

2. Etesian Wind

217

3. Tropical Land Wind

219

4. Khum een

222

5. Sirocco

223

6. Long-Shore Wind

224

7. Land and Sea Breezes

225

8. Harmattan

226

v. Topical or Toral Winds

232

1. Samiel, or Samyel

ib.

2. Simoom

233

3. Vistral, or Circius, and Autun

234

vi. Occasionai Winds: as Hurricanes, Tempests, Tor.

nados, and Whirlwinds

235

1. Hurricanes of the West Indies

ib.

2. Hurricanes of the Indian Coast

238

3. Hurricane in Huntingdonshire, Sept. 8, 1741 244

4. Tempeit at Wigton, Cumberland

246

5. General Rrmarks on Tornados, or

Whirlwinds 248

6. Dreadful Whirlwind at Cambridge, New England 249

7. Whirlwind at Corne Abbas, Dorsetshire

251

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